Bali Sex Guide advises where to find sex, working girls, prostitution, street hookers, brothels, red-light districts, sex shops, prostitutes, erotic massage parlors, strip clubs and escorts in Bali, Indonesia.
Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth in Indonesia. Its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides provide a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture.
- 1 Sex and Prostitution in Bali
- 2 Bali Female Escorts
- 3 Red Light Districts
- 4 Prostitutes and Sex Workers
- 5 Street Hookers
- 6 Live Sex Cams
- 7 Adult Locations
- 8 Escort Services and Agencies
- 9 Erotic Massage Parlors
- 10 Massage and Body Rubs
- 11 Brothels and Sex Clubs
- 12 Strip Clubs and Striptease
- 13 Karaoke and KTVs
- 14 Swinger Clubs and BDSM
- 15 Sex Shops and Adult Stores
- 16 Love Hotels and Short Time Hotels
- 17 Nightclubs and Bars
- 18 Gay and Lesbian
- 19 Other Adult Services
- 20 Dating
- 21 Transsexuals and Shemales
- 22 Sexual Services for Women
- 23 Male Escorts
- 24 Sleeping and Girl Friendly Hotels
- 25 Stay Safe
- 26 See Also
Sex and Prostitution in Bali
There’s a simple explanation: during the early evenings many of Bali’s night owls either still work, visit friends at home, or simply sleep. Most of them visit pubs, bars, or discos only in the early morning hours. Therefore, if you plan a night out don’t start your dinner too early. Between 9:00 p.m. and midnight there are not many places we can recommend. Visitors looking for company don’t need to worry.
Wherever you go in Sanur and the Kuta area, there are many other single travellers with the same problem around – day and night. In Bali’s discos you’ll meet also many “kupu kupu malams” (“night butterflies” or working girls or Bali Girls Prostitution) and young boys who compete with the females and service all sexes. All taxi drivers know the more popular karaoke bars and massage parlours in Kuta and Denpasar, and the various “Houses of ill Repute” in Sanur’s narrow back lanes.
Are you looking for just a normal local Bali girls to have sex with? Regular good girls in Bali do not charge anything for the cost of sex. However, most of Bali's normal girls will require at least one night out with dinner or drinks before they will enter your hotel room. And given the average price for a drink starts at about 5 USD, you can expect to pay anywhere from 50 to 100 USD for a night out with a girl in Bali.
One easy way to meet local and foreign girls in Bali is Tinder mobile application. You can find lots of horny girls waiting to have a hook up. There are lots of lonely women in Kuta, Canggu and Ubud area. Many of the tourist girls are very open minded and usually they are visiting Bali because of hot surfer dudes. Foreign single girls in Bali like to fuck a lot. Most common reason they will say back home is that they are going to have a "surfing" or "yoga" holiday on this beautiful island in Indonesia. Of course the girls know that there are thousands of local and foreign surfer guys ti have sex with. Some of the foreign girls even buy stuff and pay food for the local beach boys for a reciprocal service for sex.
See also: Bali Escorts
Bali Female Escorts
There are lots of independent escorts working in Bali. A high percentage of them are ladyboys so make sure who are you dealing with.
Red Light Districts
Prostitution in Bali is localized in some well-known places. Call it the Legian street. There a lot of night clubs and of course the business of prostitution will be developed rapidly if there is a night club. However, although the center of Legian in Bali night club, prostitution is not actually located in the center of this area. Center of prostitution in Bali is in the area of Sanur and it is quiet even at the center of prostitution in Bali.
Sanur: The atmosphere around Sanur at night is very calm, but behind it there is the place of XXX big business. These businesses are generally intended for tourists who want to enjoy a holiday "XXX" in Bali.
Prostitution in the center of Sanur is generally found in homes. To tell which house is the center of prostitution, we live to see the house number. If there is a house with a number ending with the letter X (e.g., 10XXX or 10X or 10XX), then in the house there is a business of prostitution to make money and allows guests to have fun that they want during a vacation to Bali.
Prostitutes and Sex Workers
Prostitution in Bali is now very much of its existence. Along with the rapid growth of the tourism industry and the economy in Bali, Bali as a place to reap windfall by prostitutes, especially the prostitutes who come from outside Bali. Many prostitutes who come to the island of Bali, Bali resulted not get a good impression by people who know little about Bali. Therefore, prostitution in Bali is mostly played by people who come from outside Bali.
A high percentage of Indonesian prostitutes in Bali are coming from Java island. Java girls are usually open minded muslim girls. Some of them are very horny and can give you a great girlfriend experience because they are scared to have sex in their own home city. In Bali everything is more liberal and relaxed.
Prostitution is illegal in Bali. However, like in many countries, everyone turns a blind eye. Many Bali girls can be found at nightclubs and bars in most areas. They might look just like the girl next door, albeit with a bit more make up on, and they usually dress to please the eye. For the most part, they are gentle, easy to be with, and a lot of fun if you want to dance, drink and have a little fun with. Most will be yours for the whole night for about 500,000 Rupiah although prices range from 200,000 Rupiah to 1,500,000 Rupiah and more – depending on the season, the time of night and the situation.
Freelancer prostitutes are those sexy girls inside the dance clubs that are often dressed a little too good to be true. They have a super sexy dress, blonde dyed hair, tattoos, or are just a little too bit friendly as they grab you by the arm as you walk by.
At Kuta Beach you are able to ask the moto drivers to bring a girl for you, but that's a hit or miss because you cannot know how the girl looks like before the moto driver will pick her up from somewhere. You can find many working girls in Kuta for example in Sky Garden nightclub.
Bali freelancers are the entrepreneurs of the sex industry in Bali. They may be from Indonesia or they may actually be from other Asian countries like Thailand or Philippines who are working as freelancers in Bali where there is less competition.
The price for Bali freelancers can easily be the most expensive girls in Bali or the cheapest. It depends on what you look like, how late it is at night, and your negotiating skills.
At Sky Garden in Kuta, you will see a couple groups of these freelancers on each of the dance floors. If it’s early in the night and if she is super sexy with amazing fake tits, she may start off at the price of 2,000,000 Rp (180 USD). However, this is on the high side. The standard price for nightclub freelancers in around 500,000 to 1,000,000 Rp for the night. That’s about 50 – 100 USD. Just be prepared in smile, have fun, and do some soft negotiations.
Final cost is about 75 USD to have sex with freelancers in Bali.
A study conducted in Indonesia estimates that up to 80,000 men are customers of the prostitution trade in Bali. 50% of the men are tourists, both domestic and foreign tourists, with the other half of customers being island residents.
Part of the men interviewed in the study stated that they were willing to use a condom, leading to an increase in HIV infection rate.
The study covered several red-light districts in Bali, and did not included massage parlours and karaoke bars where sex services are also offered. Thus, the total number of customers may be higher.
In Kuta it is easy to find whores who will sell you sex for quite reasonable price. In Legian Street, around Poppies Lane 2, from Embargo to Paddy's Club, especially at night, prostitutes stand in the walkway. Normally hookers ask for massage. And normally their target is foreigner. If you look Indonesian, normally you won't be disturbed. Price is varied, depends on negotiation. Price: 200.000 - 500.000 Rupiah
Some of the street walkers are looking for customers with a motorcycle. It's not rare that when you're heading back to the hotel from the nightclub in early hours, a sex worker with motorbike stops you and asks if you would like to have sex with her. There are lots of short-time hotels where you can go with the girl if you don't feel like taking her to your hotel room. Rooms are usually ver y cheap for one hour. and all the street girls know the nearest places to go.
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There are many good adult entertainment premises in Bali. Whore houses are cheap and sex is being sold in many locations.
Escort Services and Agencies
- Kuta, Bali
- Kuta, Bali
There are quite many escort agencies now days operating in Bali. You can find especially ladyboy escorts working in Bali.
Erotic Massage Parlors
When you are looking for a straight out traditional massage or really nice looking clean Bali girls, there are numerous really good places to go. Kuta is the most famous and well traveled area in Bali and that is where most massage parlors are concentrated. Locate the spa either on Jl. Legian or Poppies and ask the price. If you are quoted anything higher than 125,000rp either negotiate or move on. At the Legian Salon you can get a 1 hour traditional massage for 95,000rp.
You should try this if you like being massage erotically and not JUST SEX! In Bali, you HAVE TO ASK. If you are lucky, some them will get you ON by touching the sensitive area while they massage. But some of them might refuse, even if you promise to give good money. Price IN : 50.000 - 250.000 Rupiah (depend on the massage service and room) Tips Extra: 100.000 - 500.000 Rupiah (depend on the service and negotiation)
Remember that when you see a gorgeous girl in front of the massage parlor asking you to come inside, she is probably not the one who will be your masseuse. Before taking some clothes off make sure who is the one is going to massage you. You wouldn't be the first one to notice on the massage table that there comes 45+ year-old granny to touch you.
Massage and Body Rubs
Brothels and Sex Clubs
Very easy area to find prostitution is Sanur Bali. You can just look the house numbers. If the number of houses in Sanur at the end with the letter "X" / "XX" / "XXX", assured the house is a place for prostitution in Sanur Bali.
Prostitutes in Sanur Bali are mostly immigrant girls from the island of Java. The prostitutes came to Bali in the hope of greater earnings, their targets are foreign tourists who are willing to pay dearly for them. Therefore, local people paid by foreign tourists can reach 20 times higher than usual. For local people they fix the price of Rp. 100.000 (US$8), however, the foreign tourists are set a price of Rp. 2 million (US$16).
Strip Clubs and Striptease
There are no actual strip clubs in Bali yet. Some bars and clubs have “Girly shows/Dances”, but no full nudity.
Karaoke and KTVs
Singing is great for releasing stress. It's even better if you escort with some girls. Who disagrees?
You wont need a map. All taxi drivers know these places. Normally you spend money most in Karaoke. First you need to open a bottle to get the girls drunk a bit or otherwise it won't be fun. Second, the girls are not whores (well, full time whores maybe?). Some are college students, store keepers, sales persons, etc. So you pay more.
Price of Drinks: Lux Bar Price Price of Girls: 1.000.000 - 2.500.000 Rupiah (depending on the service and negotiation)
Swinger Clubs and BDSM
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Swinger clubs in bali are just cool places where swingers can hang out to meet and chat with other open minded people just like them. It is a place that provides a friendly atmosphere where you can engage yourself into conversations over a drink while other can have a erotic dance on the dance floor or do whatever really interests them.
Most bali swinger clubs are private club as this allows the club to provide a place for its swingers members to “dress down” to a underwear (if they are so inclined) and it also assures the privacy of all its members
Swinger clubs in bali are usually equipped with a DJ, bar and a dance floor just like any normal clubs that we go to. The only different is some clubs may often contain semi-private rooms where members can enjoy naughty moments
Swingers clubs in bali are at most popular on Friday and Saturday as that when most parties and events are held. Most swingers clubs in bali would post each month events on the internet or if you are a member they would send you a message or post you a newsletter so you don’t miss out on any of the action.
Sex Shops and Adult Stores
If you don’t feel like visiting or cannot find any local sex shops in Bali, you can easily order adult products from Online Sex Shop.
Love Hotels and Short Time Hotels
There are few good hotels in Bali designed specifically for lovers. These hotels are never really too pricy and they can create very erotic feeling.
There are also lots of "normal" hotels for example in Kuta area which are renting rooms for an hour. They are open 24/7 and don't cost too much. All the working girls know the nearest short-time hotels where you can rent a room for an hour or two.
Nightclubs and Bars
There are few huge nightclubs in Bali tourist areas. For example Sky Garden in Kuta has several floors and always some prostitutes searching for customers. There is a party going on every day in Kuta, especially on high season. In decent days Kuta has lost lots of tourists to Canggu, Ubud and Seminyak areas and it's not that crowded how it used to be few years ago.
Decent days Canggu area has become very popular for young tourists. There is a big party every night in different location each night. All the people from this area are gathering to the same spot each night and there are also lots of foreign girls who are willing to have a one night stand. In Canggu people are driving with motos even in drunk.
Ubud area has lots of tourist girls having a yoga holiday but the nightlife there is very limited.
Gay and Lesbian
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- Banana Spa Bali, 20 Jalan Drupadi. Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr, Sa, Su: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
- Coco Grande, Jalan Raya Kediri 17. Mo, Tu, We, Th, Fr, Sa, Su: 09:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
- MSpa @ Paul's Place, Jalan Lesmana 4a
GAY BARS, PUBS AND CLUBS:
- Facebar Bali, Jalan Caplak Tanduk 9
- Bottoms Up Bar, Jalan Caplak Tanduk 10
- Mixwell Lounge & Bar, Jl. Caplak Tanduk 6
LGBT BARS AND CLUBS:
- Club Cosmo Bali, Jl. Dhyana Pura. Gosha Plaza 8 & 9. Mo, Tu, We, Th: 04:00 p.m. - 03:00 a.m.; Fr, Sa, Su: 04:00 p.m. - 04:00 a.m.
- Mixwell Lounge & Bar, Jl. Caplak Tanduk 6
- Bali Joe, Jalan Caplak Tanduk 8
GAY FRIENDLY MASSAGE:
- Pauls Place, Seminyak (About 70 meters before Oberoi hotel, not far from "gay" beach.)
A massage / spa with choice of cute masseurs. Range of treatments. Very full service options. Be discrete. Boys offer full range of services - in the privacy of massage room, but this is still a mixed venue (sort of).
GAY CRUISING AREAS, GLORYHOLES AND PARKS:
- Seminyak Beach:
At the end of Gay Street, Jln Champlung Tanduk (still referred to by locals as Jln Dhyana Pura), not far from all the gay bars. Late in the evening you will find many local Balinese, Javanese and Indonesian guys walking along the footpath on the opposite side of the street to the gay bars. There are usually a lot of guys to chat up, with something to suit just about everybody's taste. Further down the street toward the beach is where the ladyboys usually hang out and the more you drink the better they may look.
- Batu Belig Beach, Canggu.
At the end of Jln Batu Belig, turn left to go down the sandy beach-side road to Warung Cantina (just to the right of W Hotel as you face the ocean). You will see rainbow flags hanging from a tree trunk. This is a gay hang-out and cruise spot, especially towards sunset. Also some trees, shubbery and hidden nooks next to the building developments here.
- Putra Beach Stall, Jln Double 6, Legian (just south of Hotel Kumala and exactly opposite Restaurant Seaside)
Look for the large colourful rainbow flags flying. Putra is the out and proud queen of Legian Beach. Expect to be welcomed, cruised, teased and flirted with all in one breath. Chairs, tables and umbrellas for the LGBT community and friends. Ice cold drinks. Tourists, expats and Javanese cuties in their skimpiest beachwear.
- Lumingtan, Off Jln Gatot Subroto, Denpasar.
A true, non-commercial gay cruising scene takes place here when it gets dark and lasts until about 11pm (after 11pm police occasionally hassle hangers-on for bribes). This spooky, abandoned lot used to house government offices (long gone) and the surviving spectacular Balinese gates on three sides, and spooky statuary inside, give this place an unexpectedly gothic ambience. Local guys park their motorcycles and wait for others to join them in conversation. Sometimes clusters develop, and the dark perimeters, especially near the shrines in one corner, get active. The crowd is a mix of all ages and it is friendly for the adventurous foreigner who wants to experience a totally non-touristic gay hot spot. There are more empty lots and a park nearby that are also sometimes active, so you might want to walk across the street to the north and northeast to check it out. Do not take valuables.
- Puputan Park, Denpasar.
Not as popular now that more families use the park during the evenings, so best from 11pm-4am. Locals do seem to hit the foreigners except the hustlers who approach in droves. May be cruisy for Asian guys who can pass for locals. Some transvestites.
- Tohpati riverside recreation area, East side of Denpasar.
Take the road downhill to the parking lot next to the river. This non-commercial cruising spot for local gay guys is busiest in the heat of afternoon when most straight people are indoors. May also be active at night.
- Kuta Beach, Between the beach side McDonalds and Anggrek Hotel.
The best time is 8pm until midnight. You need to walk along the beach side of the footpath. Also facility at far end parking lot. A mix of local workers from hotels, foreign tourists and expats here, so the scene is more consensual fun and less commercial.
- Plaza Ramayana, 103 Jln Diponegoro, Denpasar.
Somewhat cruisy mall, especially 2/F.
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Transsexuals and Shemales
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Trannies in Asia are called as ladyboys. Many men that attempt to utilise Bali's sex industry while on holiday in Bali are duped by Shemale. There are gangs of these feminine looking rouges that hang around Bali's back streets. They prowl the early hours of the morning like tomcats and they seek out drunken tourists looking for misadventure.
Generally the ladyboys in Bali are not as good at covering their true sexual identity as the transvestites in other places in the world. So it is surprising just how many men are deceived into taking a lady-boy back to their rooms. It would seem that most men who dabble with Bali's sex industry have had the, "I took home a ladyboy but I didn't sleep with her" experience. Alcohol consumption tends to have a lot to do with this as most of these characters appear less than convincing when looked at in the daylight hours.
You can check out Seminyak Beach and Puputan Park in Denpasar for some trans-girls.
Sexual Services for Women
For female it is very easy to find a companion and sex in Kuta, Bali.
Bali is one of the most desired vacation destinations for female sex tourists, thanks to the Kuta cowboys. Each year thousands of women make their way to Bali looking for paradise. And what many find are the open arms of the Kuta cowboys. In fact, these muscular, bronzed beach bodies have made Bali the world’s leading vacation destination for female sex tourists. Especially many Australian women are travelling alone in Bali for that reason.
According to “Cowboys in Paradise” Bali is the hottest destination for those women looking for a little holiday romance. Now you might think that these guys are just your typical gigolos, but they claim to be much more than this. How one would find out the difference will have to be left to the imaginations of the female sex tourists, who may not even care.
While this colourful tourist market isn’t talked about much, at least not openly, the reality is that it is a huge economic boost for Bali, and for adult women looking for a sex vacation this is absolutely the place to go. Book one of the many luxurious and spacious villas where you can enjoy your own private parties, entertain who you want when you want, or take advantage of your own cook who can make you decadent meals to enjoy in your villa, while enjoying breathtaking views that mother nature has to offer – and of course the occasional great view from inside is welcomed as well.
Villas are available throughout Bali including Seminyak, Ubud, Legian, Sanur and much more. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, no strings attached, it appears Bali is the place you want to go – Cowboys in Paradise await you.
Kuta Cowboys can be a free fuck for one night or end up costing you thousands of dollars if you “fall in love” with these male hookers.
Sleeping and Girl Friendly Hotels
Bali has, without a doubt, the best range of accommodation in Indonesia, from US$5-per-night losmens to US$4,000-per-night super-homes.
In Bali almost every hotel accepts to bring a company to hotel rooms. Not a big deal. Sometimes hotels can ask for some extra cash, so you can ask before booking the room to be sure.
There are also options for a short time room where you can bring company. All the prostitutes know where are the closest short time rooms around.
See also: Global list of girl friendly hotels
People don't get killed in Bali's red light district, Bali is not like Venezueal, but some tourists wake up without their wallet or watches after their adventures, or with a transmitted disease that is difficult to get rid off and more difficult to explain once they are home.
Bali is, in general, a safe destination, and few visitors encounter any real problems.
Prostitution has been blamed for the increasing HIV/AIDS rates in various parts of Indonesia, including Central Java and Bali. A lack of health control in brothels and a lack of condom use have been blamed; in 2010 the Bali AIDS commission reported that only 40% of clients used protection. Prostitutes themselves may fall victim to psycho-socio problems, such as multiple personality disorder. When servicing customers or dealing with their pimps, they may be physically and mentally abused. They are also at risk of catching HIV/AIDS.
Bali was the scene of lethal terrorist bombings in 2002 and 2005, with both waves of attacks targeting nightclubs and restaurants popular among foreign visitors. Security is consequently tight at obvious targets, but it is of course impossible to protect oneself fully against terrorism. If it is any reassurance, the Balinese themselves—who depend on tourism for their livelihood—deplored the bombings and the terrorists behind them for the terrible suffering they have caused on this peaceful island. As a visitor, it is important to put the risk in perspective: the sad fact is that Bali's roads are, statistically, far more dangerous than even the deadliest bomb. It may still be prudent to avoid high-profile western hang-outs, especially those without security measures. The paranoid or just security-conscious may wish to head out of the tourist enclaves of South Bali to elsewhere on the island.
Bali is increasingly enforcing Indonesia's harsh penalties against the import, export, trafficking and possession of illegal drugs, including marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin. Several high profile arrests of foreigners have taken place in Bali since 2004, and a number have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms or (very rarely) execution. Even the possession of a small amount of drugs for personal use puts you at risk of a trial and prison sentence. Watch out for seemingly harmless street boys looking to sell you drugs (marijuana, ecstasy, cocaine, etc.). More often than not, they are working with undercover police and will try to sell you drugs so that they can then get uniformed officers onto you. The police officers will (if you are lucky) demand a bribe for your release, or, more likely, look for a far larger payday by taking you into custody. Just avoid Bali's drug scene at all costs.
The unfortunate people who are caught and processed will find there is little distinction between personal use and dealing in the eyes of the Indonesian legal system. 'Expedition fees', monies paid to shorten jail or prison time, can easily run to US$20,000 and are often a lot more.
There is a fair chance that you will be offered magic mushrooms, especially if you are young and find yourself in Kuta. Indonesian law is a little unclear in this area but with the whole country in the midst of a drug crackdown since 2004, it is not worth taking the risk.
If you see a red flag planted in the sand, do not swim there, as they are a warning of dangerous rip currents. These currents can pull you out to sea with alarming speed and even the strongest swimmers cannot swim against them. The thing to do is to stay calm and swim sideways (along the shore) until out of the rip and only then head for the shore. The ocean is not to be trifled with in Bali, and dozens of people, some experienced some not, die by drowning every year.
Petty scams are not uncommon, although they can usually be avoided with a modicum of common sense. If approached on the street by anybody offering a deal on souvenirs, transport, etc., you can rest assured that you will pay more if you follow your new found friend. Guard your bags, especially at transport terminals and ferry terminals. In addition to the risk of them being stolen, self-appointed porters like to grab them without warning and then insist on ridiculous prices for their "services".
Timeshare scams and schemes are common in Bali with several high profile, apparently legitimate operators. If you are approached by a very friendly street canvasser asking you to complete a survey and then attend a holiday resort presentation to claim your 'prize' (this is inevitably a 'free' holiday which you end up paying for anyway), politely refuse and walk away. You may also be cold-called at your hotel to be told you have 'won a holiday' - the caller may even know your name and nationality thanks to a tip-off from someone who has already seen your data. If you fall for this scam, you will be subjected to a very long, high-pressure sales presentation and if you actually buy the 'holiday club' product, you will certainly regret it. Timeshare is a completely unregulated industry in Indonesia, and you have no recourse.
When leaving Bali, if you have anything glass in your baggage (such as duty-free alcohol) the security guards may put some pressure on you to have it wrapped to keep it safe, and it can seem like its a requirement rather than a suggestion (it is Rp 60,000 a bag). Similarly, when arriving in Bali, some uniformed airport porters may offer to take your bags for you and walk you through customs, be generally friendly and helpful, and then demand a tip. The charge is Rp 5,000, a request for any amount in excess of this has no formal sanction, it is best to stop them from interfering with your bags in any way, just tell them you do not want their services unless you are sure you want to use them, if so clarify the price before the lift up your bags. These 'services' are best avoided.
The money changing rule is simple: use only authorised money changers with proper offices and always ask for a receipt. The largest is called PT Central Kuta and they have several outlets. If you are especially nervous, then use a formal bank. You may get a better rate at an authorised money changer though.
Avoid changing money in smaller currency exchange offices located within shops, as they more often than not will try to steal money by using very creative and "magician" like methods. Even when you think you've watched the dealers every move, you're not unlikely to end up with far too low an amount in your hands, so just take a minute to re-count your stack of bills at the spot. Often the rate advertised on the street is nowhere near the rate that they will give you in the end. Many times the rate is set higher to lure you in so that they can con you out of a banknote or two, and when this is not possible, they will give you a shoddy rate and state that the difference is due to commission. This even applies to the places which clearly state that there is no commission, of course any money changer charges a commission, they would cease to be viable if they did not and it is built into the differential between the purchase rate and the sell rate at any given time.
For many, the largest irritant will be the hawkers and peddlers who linger around temples, malls, beaches, and anywhere tourists congregate. It may feel difficult or rude to ignore the constant come-ons to buy souvenirs, food, and assorted junk, but it can be necessary in order to enjoy your holiday in semi-peace.
Rabies is present in Bali and several deaths arising from rabies infections have been recorded in early 2011. Visitors to the island should avoid contact with dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals that carry the disease. If bitten seek medical attention.
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